5th Workshop on Linked Science 2015— Best
Practices and the Road Ahead (LISC2015)

When: October 12, 2015 (afternoon, half-day)
Where: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Collocated with the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2015).
Proceedings online:

Workshop program

2:00PM Welcome, Keynote by Krzysztof Janowicz: Linked Data Scientometrics

Abstract: The field of scientometrics is concerned with measuring and analyzing the impact of science in its broadest sense. All but the most basic measures require a substantial amount of data retrieval, cleaning, and integration, and therefore are performed semi-automatically on relatively small subsets of data. Furthermore, many of the more interesting and advanced questions in the field of scientometrics require a substantial amount of domain modeling before any measures can be applied. Examples of such questions include studies on how research fields evolve over space and time and what it means for a research field to grow, shrink, or radiate into other fields. In conjunction with machine learning techniques such as topic modeling, Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies are well suited to form the underpinning of modern scientometrics.


2:45PM * Tony Hammond and Michele Pasin. The ontologies portal


+ Da Huo, Jaroslaw Nabrzyski and Charles Vardeman. An Ontology Design Pattern towards Preservation of Computational Experiments


3:30PM Coffee Break
4:00PM * Tobias Kuhn. nanopub-java: A Java Library for Nanopublications


* Paulo Pinheiro, Deborah McGuinness and Henrique Santos. Human-Aware Sensor Network Ontology: Semantic Support for Empirical Data Collection


+ Rui Yan, Brenda Praggastis, William Smith and Deborah McGuinness. Towards Cache Maintenance for Ontology Based, History-Aware Stream Reasoning


+ Carsten Keßler. Using the Web as a Data Source: Challenges for Linked Science


5:30PM End of workshop

* Full paper, 25 min incl. discussion
+ Short paper, 20 min incl. discussion


Scientific dissemination traditionally relies heavily on scholarly articles and presentations at conferences. However in the past few years, we have seen an increasing trend towards the publication of raw research data to facilitate verification and reuse. ​Linked Science champions the process of publishing, sharing and interlinking scientific resources and data along with complete experiment context, which is critical for understanding, reusing and verifying scientific research. Semantic Web technologies provide a promising means for achieving this practice. ​In the past four Linked Science workshops, we have focused on investigating benefits of this approach.

However, there is a still huge knowledge gap in understanding how to support Linked Science, especially for non­technical users who are new to this domain. To overcome this critical barrier to the adoption of the Linked Science approach, our 2015 edition proposes a focus on ​“Best Practices and the Road Ahead”, ​aiming for practical solutions that help applying Linked Science principles and open research discussions with regards to supporting this new practice.

We are particularly interested in tools and workflows that could facilitate the practice of Linked Science, and investigations identifying challenges and gaps to be addressed, with a special focus on less technology­savvy users​.

LISC2015 program will start with a keynote by Krzysztof Janowicz from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and continue with paper/demo presentations. We will also arrange again the successful break-out groups for preparing a joint memo as the outcome of LISC2015.

Topics of Interest

Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

● Tools and workflows for Linked Science
● Linked Data­based scientific experiments
● Integration of quantitative and qualitative scientific information
● Reports about adopting Linked Science
● (Semi­)Automatic hypothesis generation and testing
● Interactive semantic systems
● Active discovery
● Methodology for explorative empirical research on Linked Data
● Citation generation and evaluation
● Reasoning mechanisms for linking scientific datasets
● Novel visualization of scientific data
● Scientific Information Retrieval
● Integration of experimental data using Semantic Web
● Linked Citizen Science
● Ontologies for scientific information
● Semantic similarity in science applications
● Semantic integration of crowd sourced scientific data
● Provenance, quality, privacy and trust of scientific information
● Data sharing, publishing, and reuse
● Experimental setups for replication and reproducibility studies
● Case studies on linked science, i.e., astronomy, biology, environmental and socio­ economic impacts of global warming, statistics, environmental monitoring, cultural heritage, etc.


Linked Science 2015 will start with a keynote by Krzysztof Janowicz from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and continue with paper/demo presentations. We will also again arrange the successful break-out groups for preparing a joint memo as an outcome of LISC2015.


We invite two kinds of submissions:

  • Research papers. These should not exceed 12 pages in length.

  • Position papers. Novel ideas, experiments, and application visions from multiple disciplines and viewpoints are a key ingredient of the workshop. We therefore strongly encourage the submission of position papers. Position papers  should not exceed 4 pages in length.

Submissions should use Springer LNCS template. Guidelines for authors can be found at and submissions should be made to Accepted papers will be published as part of the CEUR workshop series ( Linked Science 2015 explicitly welcomes alternative and enhanced submission formats that include datasets, ontologies, and interactive formats. Authors who are preparing such a submission should contact the workshop organizers in advance to make sure we can accommodate for them in the submission and review process.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop. All workshop participants have to register for the main conference, ISWC2015, as well.

Important dates

  • Submission Deadline: 7 July extended until 13 July 2015, 23:59 Hawaii time
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30 July 2015, 23:59 Hawaii time
  • Camera-ready: August 20, 2015, 23:59 Hawaii time
  • LISC 2015: October 12, 2015 (afternoon, half-day)


Carsten Keßler (​​, ​@carstenkessler​) is an Assistant Professor for Geographic Information Science at the Department of Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). He is also associate director of the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information and a doctoral faculty member at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His current research focuses on analyzing and utilizing spatio­temporal information on the web of data in application areas such as environmental monitoring and disaster management. In this context, he co­chairs the W3C Emergency Information Management Group. Carsten has been co­chairing the Linked Science workshops since the first event in 2011.

Jun Zhao ( is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. Her current research interests are provenance, trust of data, Semantic Web applications for integrating biological data resources, and provenance­based information quality assessment. She has been on the organization committee of LISC since its first series in 2011 and she co­led the break­out session of LISC 2013 & 2014. She has been leading organizers and invited speakers of many national and international academic venues. She has been coordinating several national and international research and community projects.

Marieke van Erp ​(​​) ​is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab at VU University Amsterdam. She has a PhD in computational linguistics focused on data cleaning and information structuring from Tilburg University. She has been involved in research in NLP since 2005 and in Semantic Web since 2009. Her research is focused on applying natural language processing in semantic web applications. She is currently working on the European NewsReader project, which aims to build structured indexes of events from large volumes of financial news. She has co­organised several international workshops and hackathons.

Tomi Kauppinen (, @LinkedScience​) is a docent and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science in Finland and a Privatdozent at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster. From April 2014 to September 2014 he was appointed as the Cognitive Systems Substitute Professor at the University of Bremen in Germany. His research agenda is to advance Spatial Information Usability, for instance to study and evaluate the role of the Web and linkages to support the creation of interactive information visualizations. A central theme in his work and teaching is handling of spatial and temporal information to develop novel mining and exploration methods for them. Tomi co-­chaired the International Workshops on Linked Science 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 at the International Semantic Web Conferences.

Jacco van Ossenbruggen ( is a researcher in the Information Access group at CWI and an associate professor in the Web and Media group at VU University Amsterdam. His current research interests focus on user interfaces for large curated and uncurated Web datasets. Jacco is currently working on communicating provenance of data generated by computer vision systems to marine biologists, and on replicating and reproducing ontology alignments made in an interactive setting. He has co­organised several international workshops in the area of web, semantic web, multimedia and hypertext.

Willem Robert van Hage ( is a researcher at the analytics company SynerScope B.V. and guest researcher in the Web and Media group at VU University Amsterdam. His current research interests focus on improving and speeding up the empirical research cycle by means of interactive visualization systems. He is involved in various EU, Dutch, and US funded research projects on interactive analysis of large scale semantic network data. He has co­organized international research fora such as the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative, the DeRiVE workshop series, and various tutorials on Linked Science.

Programme Committee

  • Mathieu d’Aquin, The Open University, UK

  • Boyan Brodaric, Natural Resources Canada

  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

  • Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

  • Daniel Garijo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

  • Alasdair Gray, Heriot-Watt University, UK

  • Paul Groth, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands

  • Rinke Hoekstra, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands

  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

  • Simon Jupp, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

  • Craig A. Knoblock, University of Southern California, USA

  • Werner Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

  • James Malone, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

  • Zoltán Miklós, University of Rennes 1, France

  • Eric Stephan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

  • Amrapali Zaveri, University of Leipzig, Germany

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